Hamilton is one of them, although he and Mercedes still expect an extension to be signed soon. Let's put it this way - after delivering edge-of-seat action in the last few races (especially Bahrain, China and Baku), the race in Monaco had a different narrative on offer - suspense.
"The tyres were not great, but we were all driving so slow", the Mercedes driver and championship leader told reporters.
But after this year's race in Monte Carlo some drivers were left far from satisfied.
There is also the problem of tampering with what is seen as a classic, historic grand prix. It has the effect of allowing the field to catch up with the leader, which leads to renewed racing when the safety auto peels off. The Australian's auto was forced into severe power unit management from around lap 19 of 78 when the energy recovery system problem was detected. However, the suspense died a slow death as the 78-lap race came to an end.
He said the problem is unique to Monaco, where overtaking is also nearly impossible. "I would imagine his future is there, but he's one of the top drivers so I'm sure there will be options for him". In fact, Ricciardo's "loss of power" radio message made us wonder if his winning in Monaco was jinxed!
The MGU-K unit had failed on his vehicle, leaving him with about 25% of his car's normal power capacity.
Hartley's Toro Rosso team opted to pit him earlier than most - on lap 14 - but he was handed a five-second time penalty for speeding in the lane.
Ricciardo had to further protect the vehicle by lifting off the throttle early and use aerodynamic drag to slow the auto.
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"I think that's more circuit-dependent, but I'm glad they're bringing the hypersofts again". Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 23.667, 7.
Mercedes gambled as Q2 began by switching to "ultra-soft" tyres in order, potentially, to start the race on them.
Sebastian Vettel, who publicly declared his intentions to jump Ricciardo at the start, settled for 2nd place - probably content at finishing ahead of his title-rival, Lewis Hamilton. This turned out to be Alonso's first DNF this season.
Lewis Hamilton leads the driver's championship on 110 points, with Vettel and Ricciardo in second and third.
Jim Clark went into the 1965 British Grand Prix looking to continue his dominance of the event - he had won the three previous races and was seemingly cruising to a fourth when, after 50 laps, he led Graham Hill by 30 seconds.
"It was a bit boring, the race", said Vettel.
But his team's hopes of an all-Red Bull front row were wrecked as team-mate Max Verstappen failed to take part in the session after a big crash in final practice. "He got bitten pretty hard today in a session that doesn't really count for anything except setting up the auto".
"We knew we wouldn't be the quickest here, just did the best we could", Hamilton said. After all, the Renault engine is one of the reasons why Daniel Ricciardo isn't considered as a genuine contender.
Ricciardo is now earning significantly less than Verstappen on STG12 million a season but would surely demand as much, if not more than his under-performing team-mate to stay with Red Bull.
A strong drive from Verstappen, gaining 11 positions, but the day belonged to Ricciardo. However, the young Red Bull did not lack pace and finished ninth behind Hulkenberg, but not before a battle with Renault's Carlos Sainz.
"That is right up there with what Schumacher did", said Horner.